Fire at Portsmouth Dock
Friday, 12.--I walked round the Dock, which is much larger than any in England. The late fire began in a place where no one
comes, just at low water, and at a time when all were fast asleep. None can doubt its being done by design. It spread with
such amazing violence, among tow, and cordage, and dry wood, that none could come near without the utmost danger. Nor was
anything expected, but the whole dock would be consumed, if not the town also. But this God would not
permit. It stopped on one side, close to the commissioner's house; and just as it was seizing the town on the other side,
the wind changed and drove it back. Afterward the fury of it was checked by water, by sand, and by pulling down some buildings.
And yet it was fully five weeks before it was wholly put out.